30 days in Chile, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

30 days in Chile, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly to Osorno, Bus to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
Bus
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Castillo Hidalgo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vina Undurraga and Biblioteca Nacional (National Library). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, look for gifts at Patio Bellavista, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip maker app.

Toronto, Canada to Santiago is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Valparaiso, Chile

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Get a sense of the local culture at Casa de Isla Negra and Paseo Yugoslavo. Step out of the city life by going to Reñaca and Playa El Canelillo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valparaiso: Canopy El Canelo (in Algarrobo) and Vina Casas del Bosque (in Casablanca). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Gervasoni, make a trip to Cerro Concepcion, steep yourself in history at Edificio Luis Cousino, and try your luck at Vina del Mar Casino.

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You can drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 nights
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salar de Tara and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. Escape the urban bustle at Piedras Rojas and Laguna Cejar. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama.

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Traveling by flight from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valparaiso in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in San Pedro de Atacama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 2 nights
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Playa Bonita. Get some cultural insight at Parroquia San Eduardo and Museo del Lago Gutierrez. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some photo ops at Centro Civico, and admire the sheer force of Garganta del Diablo.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to San Carlos de Bariloche in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

El Chalten, Argentina

— 4 nights
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Explore hidden gems such as Laguna Torre and Road to El Chalten. Get outdoors at Chorillo del Salto and Mirador del Torre. The adventure continues: hike along Laguna de los Tres, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the El Chalten trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 3 nights
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Mylodon Cave Natural Monument and Estancia La Peninsula. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Muelle Historico, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, and take in the dramatic natural features at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza).

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Traveling by car from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 3 nights
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Get outdoors at Expedicion Fitz Roy and Reserva nacional Magallanes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nao Victoria Museo and Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Costanera del Estrecho, appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas trip itinerary website.

Take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Punta Arenas are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Visit Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Sacred Valley of the Incas and River Rafting & Tubing. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas and explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cusco online route planner.

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Cusco in 13.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Punta Arenas in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Cusco: highs are around 23°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 10th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then get great views at Intipuncu. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.